This is the downloadable version of Ryan Best's Game Folder for "GayBlade". If you wish to just try the game out, visit this item on the archive: https://archive.org/details/gayblade
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) -- Egads! Empress Nelda has been captured by the forces of homophobia and is being held deep in a dungeon by an evil lord. Only you and your ragtag collection of gays, drag queens, lesbians and muses can save the empress from the motley crew of evil televangelists, rednecks, neo-Nazis, FBI probes and jocks roaming the dungeon's corridors.
Welcome to the world of GayBlade, billed as the world's first computer fantasy role-playing game for gay and lesbian adventurers.
GayBlade is the cornerstone product of the fledgling RJBest company, which has begun shipping out the first editions of the Macintosh game to selected stores in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington.
``This game gives lesbians and gays -- and straight people -- a chance to strike back at homophobia from behind our computer screen,'' said Ryan Best, the 30-year-old developer of the game.
Best and its creative director, John Theurer, modeled the Macintosh game after Dungeons & Dragons board and computer programs that require players to form a rescue party and enter a fantasy world in search of adventure and worldly riches.
But GayBlade puts a decidedly new twist on the fantasy world. Players enter the GB Tavern to put together a team that can include gays, drag queens, lesbians or muses, each with their own unique powers.
Along with the normal arsenal of magic spells and mystical items for sale at the game's Magic Boutique and general store, GayBlade characters also can purchase a variety of unique weapons to save Empress Nelda, such as press-on nails, mace, blow-dryers and purses. Protection is afforded by buying aprons, leather jackets, tiaras and, of course, condoms.
The litany of evil characters roaming the 13 levels and 1,300 rooms of the dungeon include Evil Popes, Queer Bashers, Crazed Zealots and Homophobic Cops.
They are led by Lord Nanahcub, which spells Buchanan backwards: a not-so-subtle jab at at conservative columnist Patrick Buchanan, who was a Republican candidate in the 1992 presidential race and has been an outspoken critic of homosexual rights.
Since the game takes a decidedly political tone, the company said it will donate a portion of the proceeds from each sale to an as-yet- undecided gay and lesbian charity.
While GayBlade is the company's first product, RJBest is not waiting to analyze the impact of its game. Best said the company is in the process of developing two more mainstream computer games that will include lesbian and gay characters but not be geared to the homosexual community.
``We hope to infiltrate the mainstream game market and subliminally educate people that it's OK to be different and OK to be unusual,'' Best said.
December 2, 2020 Subject:
Made a more accesible version for download
I really wanted to try this out, so I extracted the Windows 3.1 version out of the .image archives using Easy7Zip, installed the game, and copied CREATURE.DAT to CREATURES.DAT since the game wouldn't work without that file (thanks to Linux strace for helping me on finding what the "file not found" was!).
Use WINE to run this on GNU/Linux. Seeing that the source code is available, this piece of history is asking for an SDL2 port. One of these days... :D
October 26, 2020 Subject:
How do i run this on Win 10?
I am trying to figure out what to do with this .image file. At first I thought is was like an ISO file, but everything I see online is that it is a graphics format. Can you guys please include some instructions on how to use this with DOSBOX? I would really love to check this out. Any chance to blow up Pat Buchannan LOL.
I will update the rating once I can actually play this.
September 12, 2020 Subject:
When I open the torrent file in Bittorent, it says there are so seeds. Then when I press start, it downloads, but then uploads 0 b/s. Before I press start, it says it has low peers and seeds so to pick a different torrent because otherwise it won't download. Since there isn't a torrent, could you upload a different one/one that works? I'm not sure how these "seeds" and "peers" work, but it seems like this file needs more?
September 2, 2020 Subject:
Finally found and released
So I tried to play the web version which somehow did not quite work out for me, then I downloaded the files and found the "windows 3.1" file to be a disk.image file. What do I do with that file format? It doesn't look like a windows file at all to me.